Shares rise in Asia and Europe, buoyed by United States earnings

Shares rise in Asia and Europe, buoyed by United States earningsā€

"Most sensible commentary is rightly pointing out it's doubtful Draghi will deliver anything tangible in terms of a tapering tomorrow", said Richard Franulovich, senior currency strategist at Westpac Banking Corp in NY, referring to ECB President Mario Draghi.

The ECB left its key interest rates and massive stimulus unchanged for an eleventh straight session, and also kept the forward guidance intact, thus retaining the downward bias on asset purchases.

The quantitative easing programme was introduced to stimulate the broader economy by taking bonds off bank balance sheets, but calls from economists to pare back the purchases have risen as growth and confidence have picked up in the Eurozone.

With no material stats out of the Eurozone or the United Kingdom today, we will expect the pound to remain relatively range bound through the day ahead of tomorrow's retail sales figures, which will provide the markets with more guidance on how the BoE will likely play it early next month at the next MPC meeting, the latest inflation figures certainly adding to the confusion.

The Bank of Japan is expected to end its two-day policy meeting with an intention to cut its inflation forecasts again and to project a delayed cutback of its economic stimulus program.

The bond-buying programme, together with ultra-low interest rates, was created to fend off the threat of deflation hitting the eurozone.

Analysts have been expecting the ECB to give a clearer sign at the September 7 meeting of when it might start decreasing its 60 billion euros ($69 million) in bond purchases, which are aimed at raising inflation from 1.3 percent toward the bank's goal of just under 2 percent.

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ECB President Draghi was unable to push the Euro lower and a fresh dollar slide in USA trading triggered renewed gold support with prices just above $1,245 despite a lack of investor interest.

Patrick O'Donnell, senior investment manager at Aberdeen Asset Management, said Mr Draghi's comments were his way of endorsing the recent upward trend for the euro - without announcing anything new.

The ECB, a European Union counterpart of the U.S. It has been interesting to note the selling of the Euro ahead of the event, a clear indication that the market has been paring back some expectation of hawkishness from the European Central Bank. Asset purchases at the current monthly pace of 60 billion euros (69.39 billion US dollars) will continue until the end of December 2017, or beyond if necessary.

Shifting attention from the Fed had been the European Central Bank (ECB) and Bank of Japan (BoJ) this week and the key focal point will be on the respective meetings today. There was some good news for May in United Kingdom retail data released this morning that showed a rebound of 0.6 percent in June, ahead of forecasts, as warming temperatures boosted clothing sales.

"The dollar has fallen quite quickly in a relatively short span of time and any signs of stabilization in economic data might trigger a burst of short covering so it is a good time to take some profits", said Viraj Patel, an FX strategist at ING Bank in London.

'Our outlook is optimistic and we aim to achieve growth in underlying earnings in the region of approximately 5% to 15% during 2018, ' said chief executive Mike Ashley.

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